DER Training Course for USCG is a 2-hour online training course that is geared toward USCG-regulated workplaces. Students who complete the course will understand and be able to confidently execute the responsibilities of the role.

You are the new Designated Employer Representative (DER) for a marine employer regulated by the United States Coast Guard. You have decided to hire Jack for his extensive experience. Jack worked nine years on the S.S. Anne, a vessel in a USCG random testing program, until three months ago when he left to work in construction. Two weeks ago he was offered a crewmember job with one of your competitors but left mid-way through his DOT pre-employment drug test resulting in a refusal. Jack provides you with evidence of a negative test from three months ago when he worked on the S.S. Anne and tells you that his pre-employment drug test requirement is waived under USCG regulations. What do you do?

Course Overview

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that covered organizations, including the United States Coast Guard (USCG), designate one person with the responsibility to make formal decisions regarding the drug and alcohol testing program. This person is known as the Designated Employer Representative (DER). It is their responsibility to develop a complete understanding of all federal regulations so that any decisions made are fully compliant.

This online course will prepare the DER with all of the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful and confident in the role. In addition, trained DERs are more likely to avoid making costly mistakes that could result in fines, penalties, and/or employee lawsuits.

Learners will receive thorough instruction that includes what it means to be a DER, the roles and responsibilities, specific requirements to comply with USCG regulations, testing and training requirements, record retention guidelines, and more.

Students learn at their own pace with our comprehensive online training program that uses videos, documents, resources, and PowerPoint presentations. Reference materials and helpful guides are also provided to assist prospective DERs in succeeding as they embark on their career. A certificate of completion can be downloaded immediately after passing the online exam.

Obtain certification as a Designated Employer Representative for the USCG in as little as 2 hours. Those who complete this training are fully prepared to manage a DOT and USCG-compliant drug and alcohol free workplace policy within their organization.

In this DER training course geared toward United States Coast Guard-regulated employers you will learn everything you need to know to become a DER including:

  • What it means to be a DER;
  • The roles and responsibilities of a DER;
  • The requirements for a DOT Drug Testing Program under USCG regulation 46 CFR Part 16;
  • How to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace program for DOT covered employees;
  • The drug and alcohol testing process and how to handle problems in testing;
  • Which regulations apply to your company and how to stay in compliance;
  • How to select and monitor service agents;
  • Training requirements for employees and supervisors;
  • Which records must be kept and for how long; and
  • Best practices to avoid a poor audit result.

You will also receive resources, reference materials, and helpful guides to help you while becoming a successful Designated Employer Representative.


  • Successful Designated Employer Representative (DER) students will be able to manage a drug and alcohol free workplace policy within their organization including providing the necessary training to employees and making determinations of when to test and when a refusal should be determined.
  • Successful students will be able to express an understanding of industry terms and the protocols involved with the DOT and USCG regulations by completing an online quiz with 75% or greater proficiency.

Course Features

DOT Compliant

This course meets or exceeds the training requirements in all 50-states, the following federal agencies: FMCSA, FAA, FTA, FRA, USCG, PHMSA, and other counties that use the DOT guidelines.

Created by Attorneys

This course and its supplemental resources were created and reviewed by our team of attorneys.  

Live Customer Support

Students, managers and supervisors can contact us, chat with a us-based trainer to answer questions for the duration of the course by calling 1-888-390-5574, using our in-application live chat, or sending an email and we will respond within 60-minites during of regular business hours.

Learn Anytime & Anywhere

Our courses only expire when you're finished with the course, this means that employees don’t feel rushed into “cramming” for a course only to forget the material a week later and therefore perform better in practice and make fewer mistakes than in traditional training environments.

Credits Never Expire

Unused course credits never expire, so feel free to order bulk credits to receive maximum discounts.

Instant Course Access

Employees receive instant course access right after registration or invitation sent by a training manager, or supervisor.

2 Hours of Learning

This course may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level.

Downloadable Certificate

Same-day certificate issuance after completing a course, downloadable in PDF format & printable.

Instant Manager Accounts

When a employer purchases two or more credits we will automatically create a manager account which can then be used to invite employee, keep all training certificates in one place that will help you stay compliant and well prepared for a audit conduct by the DOT.

Approved for CE Credits

We are an Approved Education Provider with many human resources certification organizations, licensing bodies and regulatory agencies throughout the world and we offer continuing education credits (CE credits) with the majority of our courses.

Additional Resources

Employers can purchase training and reference books which will assist students and supervisors in understanding the regulations involved for each applicable DOT sub agency including the FMCSA, FAA, FRA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG.

Quantity: Price Per Credit:
1+ $229.00


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